Swansea’s midweek Premier League loss to Sunderland speaks volumes about the speed in which the Welsh club’s season is unravelling, albeit the referee on the night will not be welcomed back to the Liberty Stadium anytime soon.
Coming immediately after an FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two Oxford, the 4-2 home reverse to the Black Cats, who have now closed the gap on the 17th-place Swans to a single point, was the far more damaging hit.
As uplifting as silverware can be, caretaker manager Alan Curtis will have only been given one brief when taking the reins from Garry Monk; keep Swansea in the Premier League.
That task is looking increasingly difficult following a dismal run of top-flight results featuring seven losses and a single victory in 11 matches since defeating rock-bottom Aston Villa towards the end of October.
The search for another three-point haul prior to that takes you back to the penultimate day in August, when Manchester United were the victims and Swansea’s current plight would have seemed almost impossible.
As Chelsea and Leicester have proved though; nearly anything is possible in 2015/16
That now includes Swansea’s relegation in spite of their record points gain in the top tier just last term.
Having seen the red line come closer than ever before this season, Ladbrokes customers may be surprised to learn Swansea can be backed at 9/5 for the drop.
Considering the way things seem to be panning out, these odds are unlikely to stay the more profitable side of evens for long.
With Curtis entrusted to steer the Swans’ rudder, despite his dearth of top-flight management experience, and the seemingly strange decision to let Jonjo Shelvey join Newcastle, positives are becoming increasingly difficult to pinpoint.
The huge concern for Swansea is their lack of goals, with Villa the only side to have bagged fewer than the 19 mustered by the south Wales outfit.
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